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HER Number:MDV56861
Name:Part of an openwork and prospecting features on the northern side of the Shavercombe Brook

Summary

The length of openwork within the monument survives as a 5 metre deep and 20 metre wide steep sided gully. The openwork was formed by opencast quarrying for tin ore. On the south side of the openwork are a series of much narrower and shallower gullies. These probably represent the remnants of prospecting trenches excavated with the aid of running water.
Both the openwork and the prospecting features are more recent than the fields associated with the settlement at Shavercombe Foot.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 594 665
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/614
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 24228
  • Old SAM Ref: 24288(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GULLY (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))
  • OPEN CUT (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140522, (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

This part of a tin openwork and several prospecting features are situated on the northern side of the Shavercombe Brook. The length of openwork within the monument survives as a 5 metre deep and 20 metre wide steep sided gully. The openwork was formed by opencast quarrying for tin ore. On the south side of the openwork are a series of much narrower and shallower gullies. These probably represent the remnants of prospecting trenches excavated with the aid of running water.
Both the openwork and the prospecting features are more recent than the fields associated with the settlement at Shavercombe Foot.


National Trust and English Heritage, 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape, 275-6/102.990 (Report - non-specific). SDV166309.

Gully at SX5966 6638 to SX5923 6662. Wide, deep gully extending from River Plym at the confluence with Shavercombe Brook. It is similar to and on the same orientation as the other gullies to the south-west. This gully is longer and deeper and has a complex arrangement of side gullies extending out both sides. It also seems to more directly follow a water course and in the lower part, at least, has some evidence of waste heaps. It seems to be a product of tin streaming, though its south-east extension may be more of an openwork.
At the south-eastern end it cuts through a leat (monument 520). However, as the leat disappears in marshy ground immediately either side of this gully, it is suggested that the leat was not directly breached by the gully. Further south, the leat kinks around to avoid the gully (monument 984) which suggests that the leat post-dates that gully and the same may be the case here; it may have been carried across on a launder. The gully truncates north-east side of a field (monument 992), which is associated with a building thought to be inhabited in the 19th century. However, the field and longhouse may have been constructed much earlier, and the field could have been out of use by the 19th century occupation.
Dimensions: 560 metres by 20 metres by 3.5 metres deep.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Gully is visible on the aerial photography. Map object based on this source.


Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Part of the open work is depicted on the modern mapping. Map object based on this source.


English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV166309Report - non-specific: National Trust and English Heritage. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 102.130. A4 Comb Bound. 275-6/102.990.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140522,.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV13509Related to: Little Hentor deserted farmstead (Building)
MDV24937Related to: Phillips Leat, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Nov 9 2015 12:01PM